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Mount St Francis
Retreat Centre

About The Facility

Mount St. Francis Retreat, located on the outskirts of Cochrane overlooking the Big Hill Creek Valley, is a Christian retreat centre. For those wishing time apart in intimacy with God, the Mount offers moments of silence within the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Situated on almost 500 acres, the retreat centre provides occasion for retreatants to enjoy the beauty of the foothills, with a view overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Pathways and the Stations of the Cross allow opportunities for reflection and celebration of God’s handiwork.


Simple, single rooms are characteristic of the Mount. Rooms contain a single bed, desk, and sink. Bedding and towels are supplied.

Facilities available:

Main Retreat Centre: 36 rooms (2 double), conference room, dining room, chapel, and library.
St. Elizabeth Place: 6 rooms (2 double) and meeting space for 10-15. Ideal for group meetings and seminars.
Lodge 3 (old carriage house): 4 rooms plus sitting room
Hermitage: Our log cabin hermitage is open for a rustic, meditative time apart.
Pavillion: Open air facility accommodates 200 in theater-style seating

St. Elizabeth Place

This stand-alone building provides six additional bedrooms and a large seminar room with kitchenette for up to twelve people. It is used for overflow weekends and for small seminar groups from parish councils, school boards, business groups, etc.

For Reservation Information call 403-932-2012.

Friar Paul Surette Hermitage

For Reservation Information call 403-932-2012.

Handicap Access

Mount St. Francis is equipped with wheelchair access and washroom facilities to aid special needs. If special assistance is required, we encourage the accompaniment of a caregiver to offer essential care during your stay.

Meals and Dietary Concerns

Our outstanding kitchen staff prepares all meals at the Mount, providing an experience of deliciously wholesome dining. If you have special dietary requirements please notify us before arrival at 403-932-2012 or email mtfrancis@shaw.ca


Mount St. Francis Retreat has a comfortable reading room and non-lending library.


Limited selections of materials are available for purchase at the bookstore, including books, CDs, cards, pens, and rosaries.

Team Availability

Apart from regular retreats, team members are available by appointment for counselling, spiritual direction, prayer ministry and 5th steps.


For the past 70 years, the generosity of so many people have enabled The Mount to continue its ministry. This year our costs are $195 for our regular weekend retreats, $100 for an individual 24-hour retreat, $25 for serenity twilight retreats, $30 for an evening twilight or Day Away retreat ($40 with a private room). Day and evening retreats include one meal. The cost of the 6-day preached retreat is $600 and the 7-day directed retreat is $650. An income tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20 or more above our costs. Retreat gift certificates are available through the office. Please note that no one is turned away because of a lack of finances. You are invited to pay what you can.

Additional Financial Support

Besides the above donations we are grateful to the many generous benefactors who contribute over the year through the monthly giving program.

In this electronic age we now have the facility to receive contributions by “PayPal” as well as credit and debit cards. If you wish to do so please visit our home page and click on “donate”.

Information on estate planning, bequests and deferred gifting is available upon request.

Your on-going support is much appreciated and helps our retreat ministry to flourish. This past summer we did extensive landscaping thanks to a few generous donors, both to beautify our entrance and prepare for more youth ministry with a playing field and pavilion. Thank you.

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